The Celebrity 100 is an annual list by Forbes which debut in 1999. The list ranks 100 highest-paid celebrities from across the globe. This year, according to Forbes, the 100 highest-paid superstars in the world bagged $6.3 billion in pretax earnings over the past 12 months. Seventeen celebrities made their debut this year in the list.
Musicians and Athletes occupy the largest number on the list followed by Personalities, Actors, Authors, Comedians and Magicians. Debutante Shawn Mendes (21) is the youngest celebrity on the list earning $38 M this year. Forbes global Celebrity 100 ranks stars and their earnings before taxes and fees. Although both no. 1 and 2 are women, only 16 women made the list of the top 100. So, here are the 10 Highest-Paid Celebrities In The World 2019:
1. Taylor Swift – $185 Million:
Taylor Alison Swift is this year’s highest-earning celebrity. Her Reputation Tour grossing $266.1 million is officially the highest-grossing tour in U.S. history. The singer has been in limelight recently for her feud with Big Machine Records which she left in 2018. She has joined Universal’s Republic Records which is required to share proceeds from the eventual sale of its $1 billion stakes in Spotify with its musicians. Her new single “ME!” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The video giving us the old Taylor Swift vibe earned 100 million Vevo views in 79 hours.
2. Kylie Jenner – $170 M:
Kylie Kristen Jenner has recently become the youngest billionaire in the world. She has built her own empire under Kylie Cosmetics which made approximately made $360 million last year. She has recently launched the Kylie Skin line and is reportedly preparing for a baby line. The company is estimated to worth $900 million as of now.
3. Kanye West – $150 M:
Kanye Omari West is the third-highest-paid celebrity this year. Apart from his music ventures, West’s most earnings come from his shoe line Yeezy. His partnership with Adidas pays him a per-shoe royalty of 15% on wholesale. In 12 months, Yeezy has earned an estimated $1 billion. He also earns millions from the Yeezy apparel line.
4. Lionel Messi – $127 M:
Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini or as popularly known, Lionel Messi is the fourth-highest-paid celebrity this year. The Argentine professional footballer has the second-most goals scored (112) of all time in the European Cup and UEFA Champions League. Since his debut in 2003 for Barcelona, he has scored 603 goals in 687 matches and won 33 club titles, including 10 La Liga titles. His contract with Barcelona pays him over $80 million annually. He is also linked with big brands such as Adidas. He has won the European Golden Shoe for top scorer on the continent a record six times and FIFA’s Player of the Year five times.
5. Ed Sheeran – $110 M:
Edward Christopher Sheeran has been on the roads for more than two years for his The Divide Tour. The tour grossed over $600 million worldwide. His ‘No. 6 Collaborations Project,’ is going to feature Justin Bieber, Cardi B and Bruno Mars. His album Divide earned the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album in 2018.
6. Cristiano Ronaldo – $109 M:
The Portuguese professional footballer recently made the record for being the eighth-most expensive Association Football transfer (€100 M, from Real Madrid to Juventus in 2018). After rejoining Juventus, Ronaldo took a pay cut with his four-year deal worth $64 million annually. Juventus sold 520,000 Ronaldo jerseys worth over $60 million in a matter of just one day. Ronaldo is the all-time leading goal scorer in the UEFA Champions League and he also won FIFA’s Player of the Year five times. Ronaldo is one of the most followed and highest-paid stars on Instagram.
7. Neymar – $105 M:
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior is the seventh-highest-paid celebrity this year. In 2017, Neymar made the record for being the most expensive Association Football transfer (€222 M, from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017). His five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain worth $350 million in salary. He is the second most popular athlete on social media with more than 200 million followers.
8. The Eagles – $100 M:
The American rock band Eagles still manages to hold their record of the second-best-selling album of all time, “Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975)” which earned 51 million sales. Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey are the current members of the band. The An Evening With The Eagles Tour grossed more than $3.5 million per tour stop.
9. Dr Phil McGraw – $95 M:
The American television personality, author, psychologist, Phillip Calvin McGraw is the host of one of the most talked-about shows Dr Phil. He earns an upfront fee from the show along with a percentage of advertising revenue and cash from product placement. He is also a producer on ‘The Bull’ and ‘The Doctors.’ He also co-founded an app worth $300 million named Doctors on Demand.
10. Canelo Alvarez – $94 M:
Canelo Álvarez best known as Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez, has the world’s second-largest sports contract worth $365,000,000. The Mexican professional boxer bagged a deal when streaming service DAZN committed $365 million in 2018 to lock up the next 11 fights of his. Boxing’s biggest pay-per-view star earned is estimated to earn $35 million per fight in the future. The Canelo-GGG fights for being the first U.S. boxing matches to register more than one million buys since 2002, not involving Mayweather or Pacquiao.